Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

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Fight week officially kicked off on Tuesday with the “grand arrivals” of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand. Both seemed determined to make sure this fight has a definitive ending on September 16.

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CANELO ALVAREZ
I’m very happy. I’m very excited to be here and to be back with my people, and this is another fight. This is another fight that will go down in history. And I’m very happy to be joined here by all my people. With the promotions and all the back and forth, it’s become personal. It’s a fight that all the fans and all the media have been waiting for for years.
I can assure you that I will do my part and I will do my best to give you all a beautiful fight. The most important thing for me is victory. I always prepare myself to give the best. I want this for my people, my team, for my country. And that’s what I’m going to doย this Saturday. I’m going to go in there and win the fight. I prepared myself for the knockout. Look, anything can happen in this fight. But that’s what I’ve prepared for–to knock him out.
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GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN
It’s amazing to be in Las Vegas. But the bigger thing is the fight is finally here. I am Gennady Golovkin until I walk into the ring. And that’s when I turn into Triple G. It’s not that I’m mean, or angry. I’m just more focused. This is the perfect fight for fans. And the perfect fight for me. I will enjoy it.

I’ve wanted him [Alvarez] because of the Cotto fight when he became the mandatory challenger. I’m old school. I think there should just be one champion. All my career I’ve been denied the fights I’ve wanted [Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto]. That endsย Saturdayย night.

 

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We have a fight Saturday night. Light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and challenger Andre Ward were on target and in phenomenal shape at today’s weigh-in. Each fighter tipped the scales exactly at the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds.

PREDICTION: Hyperbole aside, this is truly a fight that deserves the 50/50 moniker. It’s easy to envision scenarios where both men are victorious. Kovalev, the natural light-heavyweight, might prove to be too strong and wear Ward down in a grind-out fight. Or Ward’s technical skill might be too difficult a puzzle for Kovalev to solve, who falls behind hopelessly and loses much like Carl Froch did in 2011.

Since coming to 175, Ward has relied more on his timing and finesse to beat guys over the physical bullying he displayed at 168. I see that trend continuing tomorrow night as Kovalev stays competitive but struggles to land hard leather. However, Kovalev’s pressure begins to take its toll on an older Ward who isn’t as mobile as he was five years ago. Despite a strong finish where Kovalev looks to be the fresher fighter, I expect a bruised Ward to hang on for a split/majority decision win.

OTHER RESULTS

Curtis Stevens: 157.5

James De La Rosa: 159.75

 

Maurice Hooker: 139

Darleys Perez: 137.5

 

 

 

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Watch the final pre-fight face to face confrontation between light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward at this afternoon’s weigh-in. The live stream opens at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include the undercard fights.

Kovalev vs. Ward takes place Saturday November 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view.

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Watch the final press for the November 19 light-heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. The live stream begins at 4 p.m. E.T. Friday’s weigh-in will be streamed live on BeatsBoxingMayhem at 5:30 p.m. E.T.

 

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Since knocking out Yuriorkis Gamboa and winning Fighter of the Year honors in 2014, Terence Crawford has been rightly viewed as one of most talented and versatile fighters in boxing. But the Omaha native and WBO junior welterweight titlist still has challenges ahead. On Saturday night, he attempts the unify by facing the other consensus top fighter in the division, WBC titlist Viktor Postol.

Aside from making deciding the best fighter in the division, the fight holds huge significance for Crawford as it marks his debut as a pay-per-view headliner. In a sport in dire need of a young, homegrown U.S. star, can Crawford fill the void?

When he’ll know he’s the best fighter in boxing.

Crawford: When I’m univerally labeled #1 Pound 4 Pound. I know I’ve arrived, but I’m not where I want to be yet. That’s why I won’t rate myself #1. The rating has to be a combination of both (fans and media). The people didn’t like Mayweather, but they had to respect he was Pound 4 Pound #1.

On facing Viktor Postol on pay-per-view.

Crawford: Well, it was a surprise. But at the same time, it wasn’t something I was worried about. My main concern is that I got the fight. I don’t feel like I cornered him. He’s a champion that wants to fight the best. I’ve been trying to do the same thing. We have the same promoter so we should have got the job done making this fight.

If unifying junior welterweight is still important over bigger matchups at welterweight.

Crawford: Not at all. I feel the winner of this fight will be labeled the best in the division, hands down. The fans, from New York to here in Vegas, have been receiving me very well. My team has been getting great feedback. As for this being my debut main event at the MGM Grand, it don’t matter where we fight — you still have to perform in that ring. We could fight in Mexico. What matters is what you do in the ring.

On being able to fight orthodox and southpaw against Viktor Postol’s style.

Crawford: It doesn’t matter that he’s taller — I have no preference on height. I got the ability to adjust to any fighter. I make my adjustments on the fly and am working on becoming one of greatest fighters of all time.

I don’t know if beating Postol will be enough to get me my second Fighter of the Year. It’s still a long year ahead and can’t worry about that until after I put the work in.

Who did you enjoy punching in the mouth the most?

Crawford: Ah man, Hank Lundy hands down! That was one guy that I really wanted to knock out. Yeah, I said something to him right after [the ref stopped it]. I’ll keep that between me and him — he knows what I said. He was real humble afterward and giving me my respect.

Buy the pay-per-view on Saturday night. It’s going to be a great night of boxing.

Crawford vs. Postol airs Saturday night July 23 on HBO pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET.


"Smile Design Gallery & Bernard Hopkins Present: The Art of Boxing"

“LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 06: Malik Chambers, (L-R) Grady Spivey, Dr. Lee Gause and Bernard Hopkins attend Smile Design Gallery’s “The Art of Boxing” event at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino May 6, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Smile Design Gallery)”

Before Amir Khan’s forced nap at the T-Mobile Arena last Saturday, select media and boxing royalty were treated to “The Art of Boxing,” a Bernard Hopkins hosted event celebrating art and free healthcare for uninsured boxers.

The posh event was held at the Hakkasan Lounge and featured critically acclaimed visual artists from across the country. Brent Estabrook, who counts Basquiat and Rembrandt as influences, had one of my favorite pieces in his oil on canvas rendition of Muhammad Ali

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The largest pieces were courtesy of Philly based multi-media artist Ivben Taqiy, and NYC-based multi-media duo UR New York. Both delivered unique takes on a pillar of boxing training — the heavy bag. Taqiy crafted a vibrant acrylic on wood piece dedicated to Ali, while UR New York added a childhood staple, Campbell’s Soup, to give their piece a humorous flair.

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In addition to host Bernard Hopkins, the boxing community was well-represented. Former rival Roy Jones, Leon Spinks, Kevin Kelly and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad came out to support. Nine pieces were available for purchase ranging in price from $1,000-$10,000. All proceeds were matched in free dental care of insured boxers, trainers and other professionals in need from the boxing community.

The Art of Boxing was presented in conjunction with the Smile Design Gallery. For more information on the gallery’s philanthropic efforts, visit smiledesigngallery.com.

 

 

 

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LAS VEGAS — There were no weight hiccups in Vegas today as main eventers Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan both weighed at their agreed upon catchweight of 155 pounds. Both men looked solid at the weight.

 

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Glen Tapia looked the part of a middleweight tipping the scales at ripped 159.5 pounds. David Lemieux, who previously failed to make weight in March against James De La Rosa, made it at 160.

 

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Frankie Gomez’s past weigh-in demons didn’t surface as he came in at 146. Mauricio Herrera weighed in at 145.5. The contracted weight for this bout is 146.

 

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A clearly cold Patrick Teixiera weighed 159, while veteran Curtis Stevens tipped the scales at 160.

 

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The funniest weigh-in moment came courtesy of Shane Mosley protege Rocco Santomauro against Diego De La Hoya. Santomauro got on the scale eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, showing his confidence in making weight. He did so at a weight of 121. De La Hoya was 122.

 

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Jason Quigley weighed 160 while James De La Rosa came in at 162.

The HBO card begins Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Preliminary fights will be streamed live on BeatsBoxingMayhem starting at 7 p.m ET.